Carolyn Farb’s Celebratory Birthday Fête
By Lance Avery Morgan
Photography by Slyworks Photography
THE SCENE: Carolyn Farb, one of Texas’ most beloved and extraordinary philanthropists, was recently celebrated with an extravagant birthday event with an Indian theme. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by sculptor Mark Bradford’s glowing Tricycle. On the front steps were two elephants with gold Welcome Ladies holding votive candles in their palms to set the tone of the exotic affair.
THE VIBE: Many of the guests chose to wear East Indian attire while others opted for cocktail chic, gathering in the main house, called Carolina, as strolling members of the Gypsy Dance Theatre delighted the honoree’s guests with their ancient rhythms. During the reception appetizers of coconut crusted shrimp, lamb Samosas and petite Spanakopita were passed while a palm reader greeted guests in the formal dining room. There was something to delight each and everyone, and most were totally enthralled with Farb’s art collection and the architecture of her John Staub home.
Everyone proceeded into a clear, tented wonderland where they were transported to an exquisite Indian garden. The LED up lights illuminated the space in hues of magenta and bronze, creating a mystical vibe ambiance. A Durgama Murti, a symbol of good luck, was at the far end of the pool in front of a lighted panel screen and beckoned the partygoers in her direction wishing them well. Covering the entrance into the Pavilion was a red and gold exotic backdrop for the birthday cake of chocolate mousse and an Italian crème cake. The tables were draped with fuchsia brocade over gold floor-length satin linens while the gold Chiavari chairs were cushioned in cranberry red. Bronze and gold votives flickered on all the tables creating reflections on the clear, gold beaded chargers. The cuisine was an exquisite menu of the honoree’s favorite Indian cuisine, prepared by Chef Kiran Verma. The delectables included Chicken Tikka Masala, Rack of Lamb with Mixed Berry Chutney, Salmon with Cumquat and Cranberry Chutney, Palak Paneer, Saffron Basmati Rice, Buttered Naan.
Roses, reminiscent of Parrot Tulips, in two shades of red, were the centerpieces for each dining table. Farb said “It was an adventure” visiting the warehouse of A Perfect Touch to create this magical evening for her guests and her to remember for a long time.